André Lepecki: The Future of Disappearance

Ricardo Basbaum, 'diagram (love songs series)', 1996
Ricardo Basbaum, diagram (love songs series), 1996, billboard, Goiânia, Brazil. Photo courtesy the artist

Performance theory has conceived disappearance as inexorable movement towards the past. But what if disappearance is the condition for making futures, the necessary act through which the struggles over present conditions of living take place? In this case, the future of disappearance would have to be planned, diagrammed, choreographed. In this talk, Lepecki addresses the chronopolitics of disappearance by discussing the works of Mette Edvardsen and Ricardo Basbaum presented at the Biennale.

André Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. Author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and Politics of Movement (Routledge, 2006) and editor of several anthologies including Dance (Whitechapel, 2012), he has curated projects for HKW, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Hayward Gallery, London, among other venues in Europe, the US and Brazil. Lepecki is an attaché of the 20th Biennale.

This event is part of the Performance Talks series presented in partnership with the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences for the 20th Biennale.


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